bead shop nottingham czech glass challenge

Bead Group Czech Glass Challenge

As soon as I saw the new Preciosa shaped bead mixes I knew I’d have fun playing with all the different beads. I felt fairly sure several members of bead group would also like to have a play!

Bead MixesThese 20g packs are great value and include lots of Preciosa’s latest bead shapes including 2 hole Chilli beads, as well as Villas, pellets, pips, thorns, ripples and twins. A few of our bead group happily took on challenge of making some pieces with a pack of their choice and this is how they got on…

Nicky
Nicky Baker
Nicky has been a member of our bead group for almost 10 years after she was drawn, like a magpie into our shop of lovely shiny beads. Having been jewellery making on and off for 25 years Nicky and recently getting more seriously into beading I thought Nicky would enjoy their challenge;

“I was drawn in by the wonderful cobalt blue – such a fabulous vivid shade, and I had fancied a go with the Chilli and Thorn beads.  There was a nice variety of shapes which kept things interesting.”
Nicky's necklace
Nicky Created a simple elegant necklace with utilising simple shapes and adding an inventive ripple bead button as a clasp.

“I found it difficult to be creative to a timetable, and was challenged by working with new shapes and initially not being able to find ways to get them to form the shapes I envisaged.”
I love the layered flower pendant, although I do know Nicky found it little tricky to get the initial shape to sit right, however it turned out brilliantly when Nicky stitched two separate flowers together.

I love the layered flower pendant, although I do know Nicky found it little tricky to get the initial shape to sit right, however it turned out brilliantly when Nicky stitched two separate flowers together.

“ I wanted to make something 3D using the spiky and elongated pyramid shapes, and really liked the challenge of creating something that held its shape.  It was also an interesting challenge to limit myself to the bead pack plus one other colour.”

Nicky used a selection of the different shaped from her blue pack and added used size 11 galvanised silver seed beads and 1 large faceted bead for the centre of the spiky pendant.

JoJo B
Jo has also been a member of our bead group (on & off) for almost 10 years, and has been a keen jewellery maker for 16 years. Jo chose the pastel coloured pack of beads as she really liked the soft yet bold colours.

jo pendants
These sweet flowers would make lovely pendants or funky mis-matched earrings.

“Some of the shapes initially looked quite challenging however they made great flowers, which is something I’ve not done before – I really enjoyed challenging myself.”

Jo necklaces
Jo is an avid polymer clay creator, and used the beads from the pack to compliment some of her own polymer clay designs. Picking out a few striking colours to blend it has tied everything together really well and they look stunning! Jo added her own polymer clay beads and pendants as well as a selection of seed beads.

You can read about Jo’s polymer clay adventures over on her blog FloRaeMe.

Jeanette
Jeanette Simpson
Jeanette has been a member of our Bead group for 3 years, she joined us after spotting the shop and picking up a leaflet inside and just got started. Jeanette is a real sponge when it comes to beading, she soaks up everything and isn’t afraid of just giving patterns ago. Jeanette went for the purple mix of beads as it’s one of her favourite colours.

jeanettes pendantJeanette made two very striking pendants; combining several of the different bead shaped together to create a star and used the chilli beads to made a sun burst.

“I found the challenge both easy and difficult, I loved all the different shapes, but I had to learn how to free style the design which was a challenge, but one I enjoyed!”

Jeanette added some seed beads and some extra Superduos in to her designs.

Steph
Steph Gibbs - The Bead Shop Nottingham Ltd
I took over the running of bead group many years ago from Chloe Menage who set it up 10 years ago. I have been beading and jewellery making for almost as long as I can remember and I have been working at The Bead Shop and running workshops for nearly 11 years.

I was immediately drawn to the Multicoloured bead mix as it had lots of great bright colours as well as some more interesting effects.  I set myself an additional challenge of using ALL the beads from one pack in one design. This kind of thing is right up my street, however it still required a bit of fiddling and undoing at times.

Steph's necklace - lrg

I started by making several flowers and then designed to join them all together into a bead embroidered piece which enabled me to use all the spare extra beads around the edges. I managed to use all the beads from my pack and just added some size 8 and 11 galvanised seed beads so i wasn’t adding any more colour.

I wasn’t sure the finish piece would look coherent particularly with all the different colours together, however I rather pleased with the finished result.

GIVEAWAY!!!
Would you like to challenge yourself too? We are giving away 6 packs of bead mixes to our lovely blog readers. To enter the giveaway just like this blog post and comment below letting us know which your favourite colour is and what you’d like to do with them, we’ll select 6 lucky winners who’ll win a pack of their favourite colour. Get your entries in by midnight 17th August and well draw the winner the following day!
You can see the full range of colours and their names here.

BEAD GROUP
Feel free to join our Bead Group, we meet every Monday evening (5pm – 7pm). It’s an informal gathering of like minded people who have a natter, cup of tea and a biscuit while working our our latest projects. More information can be found on our website here.

Thanks for reading.
Steph

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Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan
07:50 30 Apr 20
I've been a customer at this creative haven since my days as a textile student 20 years ago! The staff are always so helpful and the online customer service is excellent too. Always an inspiring visit, reasonable prices too.
Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Janice Arnold
Janice Arnold
06:56 21 Nov 19
Really pleased with my purchase, excellent service and the price was great I hunted everywhere for letter beads to put on my handmade wreaths Just placed another little order.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
Mairi McInerney
Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Frances McCarthy
Frances McCarthy
12:04 13 Jun 19
Great local shop with products for a wide range of skills. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Kits, beads, equipment and findings all easy to browse, lots of examples, and even workshops.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
Rosamund Bowler
Rosamund Bowler
09:05 12 Mar 18
Great little shop packed with everything you need to make gorgeous bead creations. We attended one of the bead jewellery workshops upstairs. There were 10 of us on a hen party day of celebrations. Our tutor, Emma was brilliant and we all made a pair of earrings and a bracelet to take home. With it... being a hen party she also allowed us to have cupcakes and champagne whilst we worked. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon.read more
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